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Unread 05-11-2003, 03:01 AM
hormones and migraines

Does anyone have any info about success using hormones if you have migraines? I have tried hormones before my operation and now after my operation I have tried the Estradiol patch and have always gotten a migraine after 48 hours use. I have read that the patch is better because it of bypassing the liver and that bioidentical hormones are better. If anyone can recommend a form of estrogen that seems to work with migraines I would appreciate it.

thank you
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Unread 05-11-2003, 12:18 PM
hormones and migraines

Hi alldone! Since migraines are often the result of either low estrogen levels or fluctuations in estrogen level, usually the best forms of estrogen for migraine sufferers are the continuous release forms; either patches, injections or implants under the skin. Personally I prefer the patches because if a problem arises, you can remove the patch; with the injections or implants, you're stuck with it for the duration.

You might want to check out Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet's book, "Screaming to be Heard" . She has a whole chapter on migraines and hormonal headaches.

I hope this helps!
Unread 05-12-2003, 10:40 AM
thanks for th e info

Hi, thank you for the inof, I really appreciate it. We had very similiar surgeries. Sometimes I think I will just go cold turkey and other times I really would like to have some form of estrogen I could tolerate. Maybe it is time to try the vivelle patch again since I am now post op. (tried it last year).

Hope you are feeling good and on the road to a swift recovery.

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Unread 05-12-2003, 11:17 AM
Hi alldone

I too suffered with severe headaches and have found that vivelle dot is best for me. I haven't had any SEVERE ones ( just a couple little tension ones) since my surgery. Be sure to NOT use just an estradiol patch that is generic. Always use the name brand - not generic is what I've heard. Good luck!
Unread 05-13-2003, 09:59 AM

Hi, thank you for responding to my inquiry. I talked to my doctor's nurse today and he is going to call me about it.

I see that you had an endometrial ablation, I did too, in 2001, and I was upset that it came updone, plus my uterus was enlarged, full of an unknown liquid and closed shut at the time of my hysterectomy. The doctor (not the same one who did the ablation) said it was probably scar tissue. Is that what happened to you?

Unread 05-13-2003, 10:59 AM
Hi Alldone

Yes, I had an endometrial ablasion (in 1994 - when they first became an option) I had previously had 2 endometriosis surgeries - . It worked for about 2 years and then failed and my periods came back. I tried BC pills, etc but finally had an ultrasound where they found a giant fibroid and the endo had all returned so I just said "take it all out" !! I was sick of dealing with it. So, no my uterus had not closed up but my doctor said she wanted to throw it on the ground and stomp on it because it looked so awful!! I had always had these horrible headaches too so this is a blessing! My doctor did warn me that too much estrogen could bring back the headaches so you have to find that balance. Good luck!
Unread 05-14-2003, 08:30 AM

My ablation lasted a year and it was heaven while it did, no periods and no migraines. But when it started coming updone it was so painful and I went through a horrible time until the surgery April 7th. I am just waiting for the healing to be complete to get on with my life.

Thanks again, I am going to the doctors today to pick up a brand new patch, escalen, (don't know the exact spelling) he says is weaker than the vivlelle dot, hopefully it will be the answer.

Unread 05-14-2003, 09:46 AM
hormones and migraines

i get killer headaches when i'm on just estrogen, the cure for me has been to add progesterone. if your new dose doesn't cure your headaches, give the progesterone a try.
Unread 05-14-2003, 11:28 AM
hormones and migraines

(((Susan))) is the new patch called Esclim? It comes in all the same dosages as the Vivelle dot: 0.1 mg/day, .075 mg/day, .05 mg/day, .0375 mg/day and .025 mg/day.

Esclim is a soft, foam backed patch, a little larger and thicker than the Vivelle dot but not as large as Climara or as thick as the generics. It resembles a squarish band-aid, and from what I've heard, sticks pretty well.

I hope it works for you!
Unread 05-14-2003, 10:25 PM
hormones and migraines

I had a lot of migraines when I was on oral estradiol, but had very few on estratest. Had trouble with skin and dizziness, so am now on combo of estratest and premarin. The synthetics seem to keep a more constant level in my system. The patch might do the same. I hope it works for you.

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